Gaudreau, Demko Honored by Hockey East
Feb. 3, 2014
WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau (Carneys Point, N.J.) and freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif.) have been tabbed Warrior Hockey East Player of the Month (January) and Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month (January), respectively, on Monday afternoon.
On top of his Rookie of the Month merit, Demko was also pegged as the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week.
Gaudreau picked up his fourth league award this season and second Player of the Month honor after a 28-point January, including eight goals and 10 assists with a +11 rating.
The Carneys Point, N.J., native leads the country in scoring, averaging 1.96 points per game and was the first skater in the NCAA to crack both the 40- and 50-point plateaus in 2013-14. Gaudreau has scored a point in every outing this past January and is currently riding the nation’s longest point streak of 21 games. Throughout the course of his hot streak, Gaudreau has amassed 20 goals and 23 assists and a +31 rating.
Demko earned his second Hockey East award this season and first Player of the Month decoration after posting a 4-0-1 win-loss total in January. The San Diego, Calif., native stopped 134-of-142 shots last month, finishing with a 1.57 goals against average and a .944 save percentage.
In his last outing of January, Demko notched his first-collegiate shutout at Providence on Jan. 31, 2014. He became the first rookie Eagle to record a shutout since John Muse turned in three in his freshman campaign of 2007-08.
Demko’s overall winning percentage of .818 (8-1-2) stands as the nation’s second-best winning percentage in college hockey.
With the three awards combined from Gaudreau and Demko, Boston College has accrued 13 accolades from Hockey East this season.
Boston College opens February with the 62nd annual Beanpot Tournament tonight starting at 8 p.m. The Eagles square off against cross-town rival Boston University in the second semifinal matchup at the TD Garden and will face either Northeastern or Harvard the following Monday, Feb. 10.